Matthew Schweich joined MPP in early 2015 as the director of state campaigns. During the 2016 elections, Matt played a central role in the ballot initiative campaigns that legalized marijuana in Maine and Massachusetts. He also worked on the 2016 Nevada legalization campaign.
In 2017, Matt led MPP’s advocacy and lobbying campaign in Massachusetts that successfully defended the voter-approved legalization law from delays and excessive amendments proposed by the state legislature. He also oversaw legislative efforts in Maine and Rhode Island.
In 2018, Matt worked on the medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah, an issue close to his heart. Matt was also the campaign director and treasurer of the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the Michigan campaign committee that worked to pass a ballot initiative to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adults. Both of these initiatives were approved by voters in the November 2018 general election.
In November 2017, Matt was named MPP’s executive director. He managed MPP during a transition period while the organization conducted an extensive search for a new long-term leader. During Matt’s tenure, the MPP staff continued to make significant progress in reforming failed prohibitionist policies at the state level. MPP led the historic advocacy effort that enacted marijuana legalization in Vermont (the first time any state has adopted legalization through legislation). The organization also advanced medical marijuana and marijuana legalization bills closer than ever to enactment in multiple states (efforts that will most likely lead to wins in 2019).
After the arrival of new executive director Steve Hawkins in August 2018, Matt assumed the role of deputy director and focused on the successful 2018 campaigns in Michigan and Utah.
Prior to joining MPP, Matt primarily worked in Rhode Island politics. He was a policy fellow to the Rhode Island Senate with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency laws, a policy aide to Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, and a leader of the 2014 state constitutional convention ballot initiative campaign, while also working on numerous statewide races. Matt is a graduate of Bowdoin College.
Beginning Year: 2015